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Christmas Charities

This year, each Regional Quadrant office was asked to choose a charity to receive a Christmas donation. We wrote to those charities to find out a little bit about what they do, and how our support could help.

 

Leicester Office – Myton Hospice

“At the Myton Hospices we believe that everyone matters for every single moment of their life; we focus on enhancing life when cure is no longer an option.

We are leaders in compassionate end of life care; our work centers on patient wellbeing and involving them in decisions about their care. Perhaps most importantly we give our patients more quality time with their loved ones.  We have to raise £9.2 million this year to continue providing our care. We can’t do it without people like you. Last year we supported more than 1,800 people and their families, in our three hospices, via our patient and family support services, and in the community through Myton at Home.

I’d like to thank your Leicester Office for choosing us to receive the £250 donation.”

Lincoln Office – Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance

“At the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance, patients are at the heart of everything we do.  With crews on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, our highly skilled doctors and paramedics help people involved in life-threatening incidents. Whether on board the helicopter or one of our Critical Care Cars, the crew transports a mini-A&E department to patients involved in emergencies ranging from cardiac arrest and road traffic collisions to assaults.

We work closely with our fantastic NHS but we don’t receive any funding. Each mission costs on average £3,500. Without your donation we cannot save lives.  On behalf of the team here at Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance thank you for making a difference.”

Liverpool Office – FareShare

FareShare exists because millions of people across the UK are struggling to afford to eat, yet at the same time thousands of tonnes of good food goes to waste every day. As the largest food redistribution charity in the UK, FareShare works directly with food producers and suppliers to unlock surplus food, which would otherwise go to waste.

The food that FareShare redistributes is nutritious, in-date and good to eat. It reaches charities across the UK, including school breakfast clubs, older people’s lunch clubs, homeless shelters, and community cafes. In 2019/2020, the number of charities that FareShare supported increased to 10,962 and we provided enough food to create almost a million meals for vulnerable people every week.

Thank you so much for your offer of support to FareShare during these challenging months.

A donation of £350 to FareShare will enable us to unlock enough surplus food for the equivalent of 1,400 meals for vulnerable people across the UK. 

Derby Office – Alzheimer’s Society

Olly Larkin, Alzheimer’s Society Community Fundraiser for Derbyshire, said: “Like many charities, Alzheimer’s Society has been hit hard financially by the coronavirus pandemic, at a time when our services are in need more than ever before. We are delighted that staff in the Derby office chose their donation to go to us, thank you.

“The money will help the charity’s support services be there for anyone affected by dementia across Derbyshire – where there are more than 12,700 people living with the condition. Service such as Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Connect support line and welfare calls. Since March, more than 2.7 million people across the UK have used these services, with many calling them a lifeline.

“We want everyone affected by dementia to know that whoever you are, whatever you are going through, you can turn to Alzheimer’s Society for support, help and advice.”

London Office – Shelter from the Storm

“Quadrant have been the most amazing support to Shelter from the Storm in helping us achieve our dream of a new home for the homeless. Our new Emergency Night Shelter needed a total conversion and refurbishment. It was a very deep, dark site and our number one priority was to get enough light into the space – spiritually and emotionally, light is a metaphor for the transformative work we try to achieve with our guests. We cut in new windows, we were perfectly happy for people to see “what we were up to!” Nothing scary here – playing pool, watching telly, eating dinner – just like the rest of us. As always with the shelter, the kitchen had to be at the heart of the building. We also knew we needed more, better, and more private showers, after an exhausting day at work or sitting on a bus or just walking the streets, a hot shower with a lovely clean towel is vital to helping our guests de-stress and feel a little more human.

Quadrant advised us throughout the design process, approved the drawings and liaised with fire brigade for sign off. They then inspected and certified the works on site, so we were confident that we were providing a shelter that was not only cosy and beautiful, but safe and fit for purpose.

When the Covid Crisis hit, we did extensive Covid retrofitting works to make the shelter as safe and socially distanced as we could. Our friends at Quadrant stepped up again to help with the design and sign off and all of this pro bono, a huge financial help for a small charity like ours. Quadrant are just the best! We really can’t thank them enough.”

Find out more here: www.sfts.org.uk

Stamford Office – Crisis

“With your help, Crisis volunteers do their best to ensure that our guests get the best Christmas possible. We will provide guests this year with a place to stay, essential foods and treats, emotional support over the phone and online but perhaps more importantly, we encourage guests to sign up to services where we put together a tailored package of support based on their circumstances, helping take their first steps out of homelessness. At Crisis, we work year-round to end homelessness for good.”

Wakefield and York Offices – Yorkshire Children’s Trust

Yorkshire Children’s Trust is a small community charity created to help support the emotional and financial needs of some of the most vulnerable children in the Yorkshire region. The charity was created by two sets of parents who had children going through the long, harsh, and painful treatment for cancer in the hope they could help and support families going through similar circumstances. The charity covers all of its core costs with recycling, so when a donation is received or a personal challenge is taken on, every penny raised is used to support the children and their families in our local community.

As 2020 has proved a unique set of challenges due to the pandemic, Yorkshire Children’s Trust has had to cancel all fundraising events and even change the way their support is offered to families, but despite the difficulties the charity has remained open through both lockdowns to ensure the essential support is still being offered and provided to those who need it most. The team at YCT would like to offer their sincere thanks to Quadrant Building Control for choosing to donate to the charity and it will be used to continue to provide our services to children into 2021.

Wigan Office – Alder Hey Children’s Charity

“Thank you so much to Quadrant Building Control and in particular the team at the Wigan office for nominating Alder Hey Children’s Charity to receive your kind donation. It’s been a difficult year, so to have your support means so much to us here. Your wonderful donation of £700 will be going towards our 7in10 Mental Health Appeal, supporting young people with mental health conditions. Thank you, and have a wonderful Christmas from everyone at Alder Hey Children’s Charity.”

Becky Parsons, Corporate Fundraiser

“We treat over 900 children and young people at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital every day and our amazing patients and their families inspire everything we do here. As a charity, we aim to bring the extra ‘magic’ to the hospital, above and beyond what is available through our wonderful NHS.

Until 2022 we will be fundraising for our new 7in10 Mental Health Appeal. 7 out of 10 children and young people in the UK who experience a mental health condition have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age, and we don’t think that’s good enough.

Your donation will go towards enhancing our new Clinical Hub which will include new mental health outpatient facilities and a brand new twelve bed specialist inpatient mental health unit, alongside other cross dependent community health services.

After a difficult year, we’re now looking forward to 2021 as we’ve rearranged our events which had to be cancelled this year.  If you would like to #JoinUsJoinIn and get involved in any of our fundraising events or challenges, you can find out more information on www.alderheycharity.org. “

Birmingham Office – Macmillan

“Thank you for choosing to support Macmillan with a Christmas gift. With your help, we can be right there to help more people with cancer.

Your wonderful donation could support our Cancer Information and Support team to run our Macmillan Support Line phone service for an hour. In this time, they could deal with 22 calls and web enquiries from people who want questions answered, need practical or financial support, or just want to chat. That’s amazing!”

Find out more about Macmillan here: https://www.youtube.com/user/MacmillanCancer

Nottingham Office – Dementia UK

“Dementia UK provides specialist dementia support for families through our Admiral Nurse service. When things get challenging or difficult for people with dementia and their families, Admiral Nurses work alongside them, giving the one-to-one support, expert guidance and practical solutions people need. The unique dementia expertise and experience an Admiral Nurse brings is a lifeline – it helps everyone in the family to live more positively with dementia in the present, and to face the challenges of tomorrow with more confidence and less fear.

The Coronavirus pandemic has unduly affected people living with dementia and their families and we desperately need to ensure we have enough funding to adequately support the families that need us. This is why we are so grateful to Quadrant Building Control’s Nottingham office for choosing to support Dementia UK with an incredible Christmas gift donation of £650. With your help, we can support the families who feel lost, alone and without hope due to dementia and Covid-19’s devastating impact. Thank you.”

Chester and Manchester Offices – Veterans Garage

The Veteran’s Garage is a Military and Emergency Service Charity which has recently relaunched with a fully functional kitchen, social hub, and counselling suites.

The VG suite is home to over 2000 veterans and emergency service personnel across the year, along with aviation, car, and bike enthusiasts from across the country. Being the only charity with an open hub 7 days a week we are ultimately edged out as one of the best in the country due to our inclusion and transitional events.

Our relationship with Quadrant has been amazing and over a three year period, they have provided constant support around our planning issues for our future social hub. To be chosen by them for their Christmas donation has been invaluable due to us having to close most of this year around COVID-19 restrictions.

We can’t thank them enough and truly value their ongoing support.

https://veteransgarage.co.uk/

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